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How to Avoid Medical Malpractices

September 8, 20149 min
What information do you need to know before pursuing a medical malpractice?A medical malpractice is a professional negligence by a healthcare provider and occurs when a specific treatment provided fails below accepted standards of practice in the medical community, which causes an injury or death in the patient receiving the treatment.Outpatient centers can seem appealing for certain procedures since they can offer benefits of convenience and affordability. However, some outpatient centers may not have the proper equipment or staff standby ready to deal with an emergency.According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.Joan Rivers, 81, went into cardiac and respiratory arrest at an outpatient surgery clinic in Manhattan during an elective vocal cord procedure and was then rushed six minutes across town to Mount Sinai Hospital for emergency care and died one week later. Rivers daughter, Melissa Rivers is now contemplating on whether or not to pursue a medical malpractice.What do you need to know before pursuing a medical malpractice?You might want to pursue a medical malpractice if you think there was error during the procedure that caused an injury or death, if the proper medical equipment was used and if other medical equipment was available if something were to go wrong, if the staff had proper training, and if standard of care was followed properly.What tips can you offer to ensure your safety prior to having a procedure?Tips to avoid a medical error:1. Select a caring, competent doctor2. Take responsibility for your health3. Give all the facts4. Failure to stay up-to-date on standards and trainingWhat else do you need to know to avoid a medical malpractice?Physician attorney Armand Leone, JD, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss what questions you to ask during a medical malpractice, what you need to do to ensure your own safety before a surgery and ways you can avoid a medical malpractice.

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